Service Project

K, 1, 2

The purpose of this lesson is to encourage students to use their talents and cooperation skills to build a caring community outside the classroom. 

Lesson Rating 
PrintThirty minutes, plus time to carry out a service project

The learner will:

  • brainstorm ideas for a service project.
  • cooperatively plan a service project.
  • implement and complete a service project.
  • Chart
  • Markers


  1. Tell students that the class will be involved in a service project to share what they are good at with people in the community outside the classroom. 

  2. Ask students for their ideas on what they are good at that could be shared or taught to others. What do they know, have, or do that could help others. Accept all reasonable suggestions and write them on a chart. This may include drawing, cleaning up an area, reading, making play dough, cooking, asking about someone's day, or other talents they have used as they build a caring classroom community. Encourage them to think of building relationships with neighbors around the school or in the town. What do people need?

  3. Discuss the various projects with the children narrowing the list to those choices that can be accomplished and meet a need or improve community.

  4. Allow each student to vote by giving each student a self sticking note and have him or her stick their note by the project they choose. Tally the votes to determine the project or projects they do.

  5. Using a think, pair, share model, determine the steps needed to take action. What supplies are needed? Do they need transportation or training? What is the timeline? Who will do what?

  6. Write the students' plan in sequence on charts and assign tasks to get the preparation work done. Use sticky notes so you can re-order the steps, as needed. Then start completing the actions to perform the service project. 

  7. Share the final project with an outside audience. Interview them and take pictures so students capture the impact of the good sharing and community building they did.

  8. Reflect together on what went well, what impact they had, and what they plan to do next to build a caring community by sharing what they know, have, or do. 


Teacher and student observation.Were the students able to brainstorm ideas identifying a need in the community? Were the students able to develop a plan of action addressing the need? Were the students able to successfully carry out the plan? Where did we succeed?

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark E.3 Participate in acts of democratic citizenship in the classroom or school, such as voting, group problem solving, classroom governance or elections.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark E.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark E.1 Provide a needed service.